Being political on Twitter as a musician.

I actually never really paid attention to Twitter much in the past. I had my account linked to all my other social media stuff to “automatically” fill it with content, but I wasn’t really active on my own in the beginning.

A few months ago I started to get more active, in fact I just posted tweet number 3000 last week. The number climbed pretty fast once I actively got involved in conversations about music, software, production and of course Donald Trump. In the beginning I had a personal policy of not openly getting involved in politics, but some things I just can’t be quiet about and I get sucked into the melee.

 

Tweeting about music

I’ve had a few music related interactions that make all this tweeting worth it to me. Here are a couple of examples.

After looking at Nexus for weeks and reading horror stories about their customer service I just really welcomed the friendliness of the Lethal Audio team… so now I use Lethal in my arsenal instead of Nexus.

Not only is it helpful to be able to have quick conversations with the support teams, but it’s also instantly gratifying to have discussions with globe-trotting DJs and producers such as Gareth Emery. The following actually led to me entering the beta testing of a new streaming platform called choon.

Tweeting about politics

Unfortunately it’s the political interactions that get more response it seems. I’m already trying to push and share anything musical that relates to me or my genres. I wish some of the music related posts would get as much attention as the following examples, though.

41 likes, 3500 impressions

169 likes, 17 conversations, 5205 Impressions

I’m going to keep voicing my opinion about anything I feel like, but how does this affect the direction of this social media channel in terms of my music? Should artists stay out of politics? Or should they at least use separate accounts? I noticed that there are a lot of artists I follow who don’t keep quiet. Here is FeedMe who is being very vocal about the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida:

I think the rules may have changed.

Let me know if you have another opinion.

cheers,
Thomas

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